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IAS 16: Property, plant and equipment

The accounting standard IAS 16 sets out how entities should report their investment in property, plant and equipment. Find articles, books and online resources providing quick links to the standard, summaries, guidance and news of recent developments.

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Full text standard

Unaccompanied version of IAS 16
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) provides free access to the consolidated unaccompanied international accounting standards for the current year through its website. Free registration is required.

This unaccompanied version does not include additional content that accompanies the full standard, such as illustrative examples, implementation guidance and bases for conclusions.

Summaries

IAS 16 – Property, Plant and Equipment
Timeline and summary from Deloitte IAS Plus, with information on related interpretations and amendments under consideration.

Property, plant and equipment (including borrowing costs)
Topic summary provided by PwC, giving latest developments and overview, a summary of the standard and links to relevant resources.

ICAEW guidance and support

Financial Reporting Faculty
The faculty offers assistance and support in IFRS, UK GAAP and other aspects of business reporting. It offers technical briefings and factsheets, IFRS and UK GAAP standards-trackers, plus practical advice from industry experts and working accountants.

Example accounts

IFRS checklists and model financial statements
Online disclosure checklists, general IFRS illustrative statements and compliance questionnaires collected by the ICAEW Library.

Best practice

Company Reporting (Croner-i)
The ICAEW Library can provide examples of real-life company reports to help keep you up-to-date with reporting practices and benchmark your financial reporting compliance. As well as extracts from reports filed by all major public companies, Company Reporting also offers weekly CR Monitor Reports detailing changes to reporting practice and a broader monthly CR Review.

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eBooks

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IFRS 2018: Interpretation and application of IFRS standards
PKF (2018)
This Wiley guide has been fully updated to help practitioners apply and comply with the latest international financial reporting standards. It provides detailed guidance along with illustrative examples. The chapter on property, plant and equipment covers:

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IASB news

Date Update
20 June 2017 IASB proposes amendments to IAS 16 to reduce diversity in practice
Press release issued by the IASB  on 20 June 2017 announcing proposed narrow-scope amendments to the standard relating to sales proceeds from the cost of an item of property, plant and equipment while that asset is being made available for use.
30 June 2014 IASB issues amendments to IAS 16 and IAS 41 for bearer plants
Press release issued by the IASB on 30 June 2014 announcing changes to reporting for plants such as grape vines, rubber trees and oil plants. Bearer plants will fall under the scope of IAS 16 while the produce grown on the plants will remain under IAS 41.
12 May 2014 IASB publishes amendments to IAS 16 Property, Plant and Equipment and IAS 38 Intangible Assets
Project update released on 12 May 2014 announcing a clarification of acceptable methods of depreciation and amortisation.
12 December 2013 IASB concludes 2010–2012 and 2011–2013 Annual Improvements Cycles
Project update issued by the IASB on 12 December 2013 announcing amendments affecting IFRS 1, IFRS 2, IFRS 3, IFRS 8, IFRS 13, IAS 16, IAS 24, IAS 38 and IAS 40.
17 May 2012 IASB concludes the 2009–2011 Annual Improvements cycle
Press release issued by the IASB on 17 May 2012 launching new amendments that will affect IFRS 1, IAS 1, IAS 16, IAS 32 and IAS 34.

Guides and publications

Some guides and comparisons that we link to may pre-date the latest amendments to this standard. While these resources contain useful information, please treat them with appropriate caution.

Bearer plants - the new requirements
Publication from PwC, published in July 2014, exploring the impact of changes to the standard.

A practical guide to accounting for property under the cost model
Publication from PwC, published in September 2010, on applying the 'component approach' with IAS 16 for entities measuring their property, plant and equipment or investment properties at cost.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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